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Bottoms Up! The Bar Guide 

Gambit's look at the New Orleans bar scene: happy hours, food, music, smoking policies and much more.

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Boston Pub

This neighborhood bar in downtown Covington has a laid-back attitude. There is a big-screen TV for Saints and LSU games, a pool table and a jukebox. Open 3 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 6 p.m. Sat. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri. 517 E. Boston St., (985) 893-9907


The Barley Oak

This bar offers more than 100 specialty bars from around the world, and Monday through Thursday, it picks a country and offers $2 off beers brewed there. Domestic longnecks are $2 and Pabst Blue Ribbon is $1 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and there's occasional live music. Burgers, sandwiches and German-style sausage plates dot the menu. 2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-7420;

The Beach House Bar & Grill

Push your toes in the sand and sip a cocktail made with fresh fruit and mint while sitting on the beach — or stay high and dry on a deck overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. Sunset happy hour (2 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue-Fri.) features $3 margaritas and other drink specials. There's live music on Tuesday and a bistro menu every day. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Pet friendly. 124 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-9331;

Howlin' Wolf Northshore

The original Howlin' Wolf earned a reputation for bringing national touring acts to town as well as providing a space for local alt musicians performing outside of the traditional New Orleans style. This second Howlin' Wolf brings the same approach to the Northshore, with eclectic bands scheduled on weekends. Open Fri.-Sat. Smoking: patio only. 1623 Montgomery St., Mandeville, (985) 626-1616;


This sports bar features NFL Sunday Ticket on TV and shows all LSU and Hornets games. It also has trivia games, darts and free Wi-Fi. Sip a mango margarita or California Bomb and dine on burgers and other bar foods. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour noon-6 p.m. daily. 2213 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-1655;

Obelisk Wine Bar & Art Gallery

Soak in some culture at this lounge, with rotating exhibits by local artists and live music: Big Daddy O plays blues on Thursday, and the Saunders Trio performs New Orleans jazz on Saturday. The living room-style setting is a comfortable spot to sip martinis or one of the bar's 72 wines by the glass. A wine tasting and buffet starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Open: 4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Smoking: no. 22 St. Ann Drive, Mandeville, (985) 674-4215;


Speckled T's

Listen to live music Wednesday through Saturday at this restaurant bar, opened by the folks who own Camellia Cafe in Slidell and Abita Springs. Speckled T's offers two-for-one drinks during daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Seafood specials change daily. Open daily. Smoking: no. 158 S. Military Road, Slidell, (985) 646-1728


Listen to live music on Saturday nights or play chicken drop from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. On other days, play trivia games, darts and pool, watch sports on TV or dance to a DJ or jukebox. Domestic drafts are $1 during happy hour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and tamales are available at the bar. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 4808 Pontchartrain Blvd., Slidell, (985) 201-8096;

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